Week 29 – by Tanner age 18

People often underestimate or forget the power of confession.(James 3:1-12) The tongue is very powerful. The power does not come from the tongue itself but from within the person. The tongue is simply the means of which that what is within us is released. The power of God is also released by the tongue by speaking things that bear witness with God’s will. We have been given the power to bind and loose things. (Matthew 18:18, Matthew 16:19) and that is done by releasing the power of God through our words. Through the tongue you can release truth or lies, life or death. Releasing the truth brings freedom to yourself and others. Releasing the truth bears witness with God’s word and brings it forth (2Corinthians 13:1, John 8:32). We also must confess that Jesus is Lord to be saved (Romans 10:9). Confessing our sins sets us free (1John 1:9, James 5:16). So, watch the words that you speak, neither stay silent. Speak the truth and come into alignment with what God has to say and His perfect will.

 James 3:1-12 (KJV)

3 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

Matthew 18:18 (KJV)

18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 16:19 (KJV)

19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

2 Corinthians 13:1 (KJV)

13 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

John 8:32 (KJV)

32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

1 John 1:9 (KJV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

James 5:16 (KJV)

16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

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